LibriVox recording of 20,000 Leagues under the Seas, by Jules Verne.
Professor Pierre Aronnax is an academic whose thirst for knowledge carries him out of his ivory tower and on the trail of a mysterious sea beast. His curiosity at last is satiated when he finds himself in the belly of the beast-- that is, on board the incredible submarine the Nautilus, courtesy of its mysterious pilot Captain Nemo and in the company of his servant Conseil and sailor Ned Land. (Introduction by Piper Hale)
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October 3, 2013 Subject:
Not as good as some of Verne's other works.
The pace of this book is poor, because the big reveal (the whale that’s destroying shipping is a submarine) is given away by the cover of most editions, or simply by the book’s fame. Then there is a chapter on how the technology works, which is interesting as a historical document, but not truly germane to the plot.
The plot, such as it is, is weak, being a catalogue of marvels, rather than anything driven by the characters. Hard to recommend, except to steampunk buffs.
Well read, but ultimately less satisfying than some of Verne's other works.